New trial date for ex-Patrol commander

From staff reports

The trial for the former commander of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has a new date.

William P. Elschlager, 48, of 305 Masonic Park Road, Devola, will next appear in March for trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Elschlager faces federal charges of cyberstalking and deprivation of rights under color of law.

Those charges stem from crimes that allegedly took place in Washington County while he was the Marietta post commander.

Previously his trial was set for Jan. 8 but was reset by the U.S. Department of Justice for March 5 at 9 a.m. before Judge Michael H. Watson.

He faces up to five years in prison and three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted of cyberstalking and an additional year in prison if convicted of deprivation of rights under color of law.

He is also scheduled to be sentenced for a Delaware County case at 3:30 p.m. today in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Elschlager was a trooper for the highway patrol since 1997 and worked as a sergeant at the Marietta post from May of 2014 to July of 2015 before being promoted to commander. He was dismissed from the patrol on Feb. 1, 2016.

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